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MariaDenmark: 101 (Kirsten Kimono Tee) thumbsup - Type:Tops    printable version
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Posted on:12/21/13 2:16 AM
Project Photo:MariaDenmark: 101 by pammymela

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MariaDenmark Pattern Info
Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
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Fabric:Cotton-Lycra Knit  [See other projects in this fabric]
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Pattern Description:

A boat neckline kimono sleeved tee with short sleeves. It has negative ease at the bust, but has a loose fit over the waist and hip.


Pattern Sizing:

XS-2XL - I graded up to 3XL


Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes



Were the instructions easy to follow?

I didn't follow them. Instead I did this:

Sewed 1 shoulder seam

Attached neck binding - something like this: how-to-sew-a-knit-neckline-binding-the-standard-method by Megan Nielsen

Sewed the other shoulder seam

Pressed the arm hems -but didn't sew them because pressing them when they are flat is easier

Sewed the side seams

Pressed the bottom hems

Sewed all hems up using double needle.


What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

Three pieces - front, back and neck band. I don't measure my neck band's length I just cut off a long strip


Fabric Used:

Nice thick cotton lycra


Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

Graded up to 3XL

Added seams

FBA - no darts

Lowered the neckline a little

When I tried on the muslin I had a bit of extra fabric bagging out in front of my underarm to shoulder area because I have a lower bust I guess. I pinched out the extra on my pattern.

Added length to sleeves - I did that twice but I'm pretty happy with the length now

Because I made the sleeves longer it meant that I couldn't fit the pattern pieces across the fabric like the instructions suggest. I added a 1.5cm seam allowance to the center back that way I could cut the back out as two separate pieces. I ended up doing that for two of my shirts. I will have to make that change officially to my pattern.



Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Yes and I did - I have this top in four colours now - my next will be a striped dress version.


Conclusion:

This one is a keeper - I think I'll trace it onto cardboard.

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Linwoodbs said...
They look great. I like the longer sleeve you made. I'll have to make a couple of these this winter so I'll have some fresh new tees for spring.
12/21/13 7:30 AM
caroljeancarmichael said...
You did an excellent job on the T. You have a good fit, and the neckline lies flat. Thanks for including a picture of your FBA-without-a-dart and your construction details.
12/21/13 7:47 AM
dmh1 said...
Love this top on you! And I appreciate the details of your changes.
12/21/13 8:27 AM
MrsCharisma said...
Very nice. I especially love the white tee!
12/21/13 8:48 AM
FreyaStark said...
Very nice. Your alterations are clever. Thanks for illustrating them so clearly.
12/21/13 4:41 PM
SewLibra said...
Wonderful tees and thank you for including the neckline binding tips!
12/22/13 0:10 AM
pammymela said...
Thank you for the comments! I'm pretty happy with the fit. Mrs Charisma, your tops were what really made me sew with this pattern - thank you!
12/31/13 6:00 AM
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